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SFPUC Awards First Green Infrastructure Grant Project
Grant to Create a Stormwater Schoolyard at Lafayette Elementary School
Posted Date: 6/17/2019 2:15 PM
San Francisco, CA— The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has awarded its first Green Infrastructure Grant to fund stormwater management features at Lafayette Elementary School in the Outer Richmond neighborhood.  

“Green infrastructure projects play a critical role in helping the SFPUC reach out long-term sustainability goals,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “This project will not only improve the school’s stormwater collection system, it will also educate our next generation of residents on the importance of conservation and sustainability.”

The $489,142 grant will cover the costs of design and construction of approximately 2,000 square feet of stormwater dry creek bed and 300 square feet of rain gardens, as well as removal of more than 700 square feet of impervious surface to improve the schoolyard’s performance during wet weather. The project will manage .65 acres of impervious surface and remove 346,000 gallons of stormwater from the City’s combined sewer system each year in the Richmond Watershed.

The project also includes installation of educational signage illustrating the function of green infrastructure and its impact on San Francisco’s urban watersheds and sewer system.  

"As a school district we aim to teach the skills and dispositions of environmental stewardship and to incorporate sustainable practices into our schools,” said SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews. “We are grateful to the SFPUC for providing Lafayette Elementary School with this opportunity to integrate a new system for conserving water.”

The Green Infrastructure Grant Program is part of the SFPUC’s Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a multibillion project to improve, upgrade and replace the City’s 100-year-old underground sewer system.  

The grant program is open to both public and private properties in San Francisco for projects that manage a minimum impervious area of .5 acres.  In its inaugural year, the SFPUC will award $765,000 per acre of impervious surface managed, up to $2 million in funding per project. The program is open year-round, and applications can be submitted any time. 

Residents can visit to learn more about the program and download the grant application.

About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at